The Thunder Bay Health Unit is investigating cases of suspected foodborne illness among approximately 160 patrons that attended two functions held at the Valhalla Inn in Thunder Bay on May 14, 2016.
To date, 73 people have been interviewed, of which 48 reported becoming ill. We are not aware of anyone being hospitalized as a result. The reported illness was characterized primarily by vomiting and diarrhea. The illness occurred within 24-48 hours of the meal. Major symptoms lasted on an average 24 hours.
The Valhalla Inn remains open for food production as no ongoing risk has been identified. Food and stool samples are being processed by Public Health Ontario Laboratories in an attempt to identify a pathogenic agent.
Foodborne infections can be extremely infectious. Therefore, we would like to remind those with gastrointestinal symptoms to refrain from preparing food for others while symptomatic, and for 72 hours after their symptoms stop. They should also refrain from direct care of children, the elderly and the immunocompromised during that period.